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Teacher Education

 
Vision Statement

The Ferrum College Teacher Education Program prepares caring and competent pre­ professionals as decision makers for the diverse contexts of 21st century classrooms, schools and communities. Building upon a solid liberal arts foundation, the program assists candidates to develop the knowledge, skills and dispositions necessary to become effective and caring teachers in an ever-changing society.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Ferrum College Teacher Education Program is to develop ca ring, life­ long reflective learners who are committed to teaching using current research about: (1) critical thinking; (2) differentiation; (3) diversity; (4) pedagogy and best practices; (5) standards based curriculum and (6) varied assessments.

The Ferrum Teacher Education Program prepares students to become leaders as teachers in today's classrooms. The program challenges students to think about curriculum issues, classroom management approaches, and alternatives to traditional assessments. Students are asked to create a stance and reflect on current educational policy. Students make data-driven decisions about their instructional approaches, consider ways to effectively involve all learners, and develop a philosophical stance about education. The development of a personal philosophy is consistently examined and refined within each class in the Teacher Education Program.

The Ferrum College Teacher Education Program graduates students who believe all students can learn.  Our students become skilled in methods to differentiate instruction for each student in today's diverse classrooms by developing strategies that are research based. Graduates are expected to work collaboratively with colleagues, school administrators and parents in order to best serve their community. The Ferrum College Teacher Education Program produces educational leaders

Experiential & Hands-on Learning Opportunities

Each education course prior to student teaching requires a 40 hour internship.

Internships: Students explore career opportunities and establish mentors through internships. In each education course students work in classrooms under the guidance of cooperating teachers. The internship experiences begin in the sophomore year with the first teacher education course. These early experiences give students ample time to prepare themselves for a career in teaching. Internships are a hallmark of the Teacher Education Program.

Students Interested in Teacher Education Select from Three Options

Elementary Education (PK-6 Licensure)

 

Secondary Education (6-12 Licensure)

Major in different content (subject) areas: Career and Technical-Agriculture, Career and Technical-Business, Career and Technical-Computer Science;  BiologyChemistryEnglish, Journalism Add-on Endorsement (See English), Math,  Algebra Add-On Endorsement  (See Math),  Social Studies
Minor in Teacher Education
 

All-Level (PK-12 Licensure)

Coursework in The Profession of Teaching

The curriculum incorporates a variety of topics to prepare students for opportunities in the field of Teacher Education, and includes courses such as:

  • EDU 202 Issues in Education through Technology (Pass VCLA)
  • SPD 220 Survey of Exceptional and Special Education
  • EDU 302 Foundations of Education (Pass Praxis I Math)
  • EDU 310 Developmental and Diagnostic Reading (Pass RVE)
  • EDU 311 The Language Arts (Pass RVE)
  • EDU 312 Content Area Reading
  • EDU 330 The Middle School
  • EDU 352 Classroom Management and Differentiated Instructional Strategies (Pass Praxis II Content Area)
  • EDU 353 Elementary/Middle School Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment Strategies (Pass Praxis II Content Area)
  • EDU 355 Secondary and Middle School Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment Strategies (Pass Praxis II Content Area)
  • EDU 357 Secondary and Middle School Classroom Management and Differentiated Instructional Strategies (Pass Praxis II Content Area)
  • EDU 358 All Level (PreK-12) Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment (Pass Praxis II Content Area)
  • EDU 360 All Level (PreK-12) Classroom Management and Differentiated Instructional Strategies (PreK-12)
  • EDU 402 The Student Teaching Field Experience 
  • EDU 403 The Student Teaching Synthesis Experience


Related Clubs

There are over 50 clubs and organizations available to students at Ferrum College. These are specifically related to Teacher Education:

  • The Kappa Delta Pi (KDP), International Honor Society in Education. The name represents knowledge, duty, and power in Greek. "Kappa Delta Pi supports and enhances the professional growth and teaching practices of its member educators throughout the phases and levels of their teaching careers. This support is essential to inaugurating and retaining the best and brightest professionals in the field of education." Kappa Delta Pi
  • The Student Virginia Education Association (SVEA) serves teacher educators and gives students a jump start as a professional in teacher education. Student Virginia Education Association
     

Teacher Education Faculty

Dr. Mary Ann Norman
Assistant Professor of Teacher Education
Director of the Teacher Education Program
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Ph.D.
(540) 365-4605
manorman@ferrum.edu | View Profile
 
Dr. Nancy Bradley
Assistant Professor of Teacher Education
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Ph.D.
(540) 365-4395
 nbradley@ferrum.edu 

Adjunct Faculty

Richard G. Moss
Instructor of Teacher Education
Hollins University, M.A.
(540) 365-4237
rmoss@ferrum.edu

Administrative Support

Joyce Creel
Academic Secretary for Teacher Education
School of Social Sciences and Professional Studies
540-365-4401
540-365-4391 (Fax)
jcreel@ferrum.edu

Find Out More

Information is only an email away! Contact: teachereducation@ferrum.edu

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